Silver Lining To A Traffic Ticket

We enjoyed a three-day weekend here in the US in celebration of Labor Day. An opportune time for me to complete my Traffic School (joy!) especially because it is due in court this coming Monday! [The side story to this is yes, I was pulled over because allegedly I did a rolling stop. I fought this via written trial but was found guilty anyway. If you guessed that I strongly disagree with this conviction, you are right, but that’s another story. But hey, second traffic ticket in twenty-five years of driving. I find a little peace in that.]

So I thought I’d share a few things a learned from this experience. First, like most other things, traffic school can now be completed online—that probably goes without saying, but what surprised me was the cost. I didn’t shop around much, but the ones I saw ranged from $17-$25. I remember it being in the $70 back in the late 90’s, plus you had to go to a physical classroom. Thank goodness for technology!

The main purpose of the class is to refresh the student (read: poor me) in road safety. I call it a punishment, but as a mother who teaches her children to focus on the good things behind all situations, I forced myself to find those things. Find I did. A lot of the things discussed there I’d say are common sense, but I did pick up a bunch of new things, like;

Did you know that the majority of drivers involved in collisions are people who have a good driving record?

Is that because all the bad drivers have their license revoked already? Haha!

Ok, kidding aside, here are some things you may find informative:

1. Common fluid colors and their indications:

• Red: Transmission fluid (check transmission seals)

• Purple: Power steering fluid (check system)

• Black: Motor oil (check the engine, and replace the oil)

• Green: Coolant (check the water pump)

• Clear: Water (usually normal condensation or water from the air conditioner)

2. If you have ABS, apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.Do not pump the brake pedal or remove your foot from the brake.

3. Aggressive drivers injure two to four times more people than drunk drivers. (So, it’s better to… never mind!)

4. When driving through water and you find your brakes becoming slippery and ineffective. Apply your brakes gently as you accelerate, this will create friction and will dry off the brake drum/pads.

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5. Discourage passengers from reclining in their seats. In the

event of a crash, their bodies could slide forward, increasing the chance of injury.

Oh, I also took advantage of the audio option, that’s an extra $5,

but it was money well spent for me. While I was “in school” listening to the lecture, I went through the photos I took during our vacation. I was able to find a handful I thought were stock-oriented. I photoshopped away. The result: about a dozen addition to my portfolio [and several added to my refused basket!].

Side note: today, 9/9/11, marks my two years with DT! Coincidentally, today I received a call from the camera shop where I took “our” first DSLR for repair, a Canon X3. I parted with that camera for 1-1/2 years and today we reunited! Good day!

Photo credits: Jennifer Pitiquen, Jvecc1, Robert Paetz.

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September 12, 2011


You bet, Joe, I was taken aback when they said that majority of drivers involved in a collision are the so called good drivers--but then i realized that that's because for most of us, until we get this kind of reminders, we take a lot of things for granted... thanks for stopping by, pal!

September 12, 2011


This is well written (with a sprinkle of humour) and informative too.
Yes aggressive drivers can be dangerous to others.
Its also good for normal drivers to udergo such tests/courses to brush up on the already eroded knowledge of traffic rules.

September 10, 2011


If you can find a silver lining to a traffic ticket, you truly do look on the bright side of life!

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